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For Immediate Release:   April 24, 2002

St. Thomas announces honorary degree recipients

[ Fredericton ] -- St. Thomas University will award degrees to 360 students and will grant honorary degrees to three distinguished Canadians, the Hon. William Creaghan, Pamela Wallin and Roger Clark at its 2002 Convocation ceremony on May 13, 2002.

Hon. William Creaghan, a decorated veteran of the Second World War, served with distinction for 35 years as a County Court judge and Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick, Trial Division. He began his distinguished career when he was called to the New Brunswick bar in 1948. From 1952 to 1958 he was the registrar of probate court for Westmorland County. Creaghan was alderman at large for the City of Moncton from 1952 to 1958 – elected to the House of Commons in 1958 – and appointed Judge of the County Court for Northumberland, Gloucester and Restigouche in 1962 and of Queen`s, Sunbury and York in 1968. Creaghan was appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick, Trial Division, in 1979 where he served until retirement in 1997. He was a member of the St. Thomas Board of Governors from December 1958, when the University was located in Chatham N.B., until May 1997. Creaghan and his wife Therese, have been married for more than 50 years. They have three children.

Roger Clark is being recognized for his dedication, commitment and long-standing service with Amnesty International, both as a volunteer and professional staff member. His involvement in international human rights began in 1981 and continues today in his retirement. Clark was Secretary General of the Canadian section of Amnesty International (English branch) from April 1988 until his retirement in December 1999. During that time he led many human rights research missions (including Cambodia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Liberia,Guatemala and Algeria) and served on a number of international committees and boards. He has travelled to extensively to promote human rights development work throughout the world. He was awarded the Order of Canada in August 2001. Before joining Amnesty International, Clark taught French language and literature from 1962 to 1987 at McMaster University, the University of Saskatchewan, and Memorial University of Newfoundland and published scholarly articles on utopian thought in French 18th-century literature. Clark and his wife Pat have five children.

The career of respected broadcaster, journalist and author Pamela Wallin has spanned more than 25 years and several continents. Wallin began her broadcasting career with CBC radio in the 1970s, and then moved to the world of print in the Toronto Star's Parliamentary Bureau. She was recruited by CTV in the early 1980s to co-host Canada AM. Wallin later became the first woman in Canadian network television history to be appointed Ottawa Bureau Chief when CTV named her to this position in 1985. She also produced and hosted CTV's Question Period, and anchored the CTV National News. Wallin also co-anchored CBC Prime Time News before establishing her own independent production company in 1995. Pamela Wallin Productions produces award winning television programmes and content for the Internet and print. Wallin is also the author of two best selling books.

Broadcast journalist Pamela Wallin will deliver the Convocation address and Aaron Christopher Knox will present the valedictory address. The Convocation ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the courtyard of St. Thomas University on the north side of George Martin Hall.